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Friday, September 14, 2007

The Water Club

Manhattan is an island, yet it's only recently that the waterfront is really beginning to be developed and utilized. It is surprising, given that space is at such a premium, that this huge asset has languished for so long. Now we have things like the immensely popular Hudson River Park. There have been some earlier forays into waterfront usage (click on any of the links for previous postings) - Bargemusic, South Street Seaport, the Intrepid Museum, the 79th Street Boat Basin, Christopher Street Pier, the New York Kayak Club, Battery Park City & promenade and the Chelsea Piers. Restaurants have also entered the fray with places like the River Cafe, Hudson River Cafe, Harbour Lights, World Yacht and the Water Club, shown in today's photo. The Water Club is located at East 30th Street in the East River on a moored, renovated barge. In addition to their nautically themed dining room, there is seasonal outdoor dining at the Crows's Nest located on the upper deck. Obviously the big draw here are the spectacular vistas from its East River location, with river views from every table. I have not eaten there, however, my understanding is that the food is good with Kevin Reilly as executive chef. Kevin Reilly (formerly of Union Square Cafe and Zoe) has designed menus for other eating establishments such as Bamn (click here for previous post about this new automat). For more information about menus, etc., click here for their website ...

4 comments:

• Eliane • said...

I've eaten there once, about two years ago. I was totally unimpressed: the food was bland, the service extremely average, ... It was a wuch big disappointment. But the views are very nice. And if I remember correctly, it was not extremely expensive.

I enjoyed your post on the Bargemusic a lot: I've always wanted to go to a concert there. You've given me a peek and an additional reason to make a visit there. Thanks.

Brian said...

eliane - I read some reviews of the restaurant which agree with your experience. I think this is common with places with exceptional locations - the place does not have to rely on food alone to draw customers.

• Eliane • said...

Very true. I've seen your post of the 79th St.Boat Basin (I did one post on this too) and that's the same thing there too. Although there, you can expect it just from the style they adopt upfront.

Maggie said...

Wow! Great Shot!

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